One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mainly tropical predatory water bug with grasping forelegs, breathing from the surface via a bristle-like ‘tail’.
Family Nepidae, suborder Heteroptera: several genera and species, including the European Nepa cinerea
- ‘These surely are Water Scorpions in the genus Ranatra, and they really will give a painful bite.’
- ‘She also learned from her teacher that the water scorpion's tail forms a siphon for breathing at the surface.’
- ‘They include such things as spiders, leeches, millipedes, pill bugs, flatworms, mites, beetles, and water dwellers such as water scorpions and nematode worms.’
- ‘When an unsuspecting tadpole, fairy shrimp, or insect comes along, the water scorpion lunges forward and grabs it with razor sharp front legs.’
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.